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University Hall (1871-1938)

University Hall and Altgeld Hall
From left to right, the Law Building (Harker Hall), University Hall, and the Carillon Tower of the Altgeld Hall Library Building, found in Record Series 39/2/20, Box BUI – University Hall.

The turn of the century Illinois campus featured three towers along Green Street (seen above). While Altgeld Hall remains today, its two-towered peer building is gone. On Wednesday, September 13, 1871 the cornerstone was laid for the new multiple purpose University building later known as “University Hall”. The formal dedication was Wednesday, December 10, 1873, and Illinois Governor J.L. Beveridge gave the address. For seventy-six years, University Hall served most of the University population. Today, the Illini Union stands on University Hall’s former site, and all that physically remains is the bell, the clock, and the sandstone portal entrance (now, since 1998, at the Hallene Gateway Plaza).

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